University anniversary continues with unveiling of commemorative mural

Mural that combines past, present, future unveiled April 22 at All Honors Day celebration | April 20, 2006

Xavier University’s 175th anniversary celebration continued with the unveiling of a five- by 10-foot mural commemorating the University’s history. The mural, created by art instructor and alumnus Holly Schapker, was dedicated on Saturday, April 22, at 6:45 p.m. outside the Duff Banquet Center.

The mural is layered with a multitude of images including a portrait of Xavier’s first president, a basketball player, campus buildings and an historic visit with the late Pope John Paul II. Schapker shaded many images in gray to intertwine Xavier’s past, present and future.

The corners of the canvas are curved about a foot away from the wall and are supported by a special, acid-free material that can be bent. A sculptor is creating a special metal frame for the piece.

“The curved panel gives the viewer the sense of being embraced by Xavier’s glorious spirit,” Schapker explains. “The power of X is in each of us who attended here, but Xavier’s spirit is also felt in the community and the world the University serves.”

Saturday, April 22, also marked the 14th annual All Honors Day when Xavier recognizes students who have excelled in the areas of academics, athletics and leadership. In several different ceremonies throughout the day, more than 360 students were honored for their achievements.
Following the assemblies, an All Honors Day Mass was held at Bellarmine Chapel at 5:30 p.m. To conclude the event, an All Honors Day banquet at 6:30 p.m. saluted all students honored.